About Us



Extinguish Hunger – Ignite Hope! 

Our Mission Statement:

The Walker Area Food Shelf is a non-profit organization dedicated to assist individuals who are in need of food, striving to preserve dignity, extend respect, and maintain confidentiality to all clients.  We will educate clients on other services for which they may qualify such as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), NAPS (Supplemental Assistance Program for Seniors), and other social service programs.


Our History:

In 1976 a group of area churches joined hands under the leadership of Arden Johnson, Pastor of Community Church of Walker.  This group identified the need, and formed the Walker Area Food Shelf (WAFS) with Alice Tausch serving as the first director.  Food was collected by local churches, and distributed in pre-packaged boxes through Bi-County Community Action Programs (BI-CAP).  WAFS has maintained continuous operation since 1976, and in 1994 became a 501 (c)  (3) non-profit organization.  We moved to our current location in 2007.  With the help of area businesses and civic organizations, local churches continue to provide strategic management of the food shelf and volunteers from their congregations on a monthly rotation.

Our Board of Directors:

The Walker Area Food Shelf is governed by a Board of Directors representing local churches, retail businesses, and community organizations.  The food shelf is administered by Cheri Ford, Executive Director.  The Board of Directors and Officers are:  Jane Ekholm, Chairman (Hope Lutheran Church), Randy Matsen, Vice Chairman (Hope Lutheran Church), Heidi Hoppe, Secretary, and Don Hoppe (Union Congregational Church, Hackensack), Donna Mineer, Treasurer, (Calvary Church), Bev Jorland (Community Church), Harriet Nerad (St. Agnes Catholic Church), Nicole Bronczyk (Immanuel Lutheran Church), and Kim Puffer and Jane Baker (Members at Large).  Pastor Matt McWaters of Hope Lutheran Church is the Pastoral Advisor.  Call or email the Walker Area Food Shelf for more information